Blindly buy books?

Blindly Buy Books?

I have been subjected to impulse buys: that moment when I learned that a certain book existed and I have no idea if any other copy is available in that bookstore or any other bookstore and if I would risk the moment of leaving it behind, never seeing it again, and remembering not reading it at all. A number of books in my collection are good impulse buys, a few I even deem serendipitous. And the rest are rejects, regrets, and resentments.

Book Hunting at Anvil Publishing Inc.

Anvil Publishing Inc. is a local publisher that has been producing books since 1990. They have close ties to National Bookstore Inc., the largest bookstore and office supplies chain in the country. Anvil is the creator of a number of the textbooks that my schools used. Besides the almost 2,000 (and counting) titles they have, they also have gained the title of “Publisher of the Year” eleven times from the Manila Critics Circle.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Wrinkle and the Waters

Your book made me curious about that particular verse, causing me to read the whole chapter, and eventually the whole book. But that wasn’t the only effect it had on me. The cavalcade of seraphim and nephilim introduced me to the world of angelology, symbology, and numerous Christian legends. And I thought only the secular world had folklore.

Limited Runs

During the ten minutes we were there, I noticed that the silver stand of shelves was unmanned. Posters reminded people of the rules but no lone crew or professional guard to watch over the goings-on. There was an old man who, after finishing flipping through a novel, reminded a couple of the local kids who raided the collection not to bring any of the books home.

Chase the Sun

I got a job but I’ve got a problem
‘Cause I eat too much and I can’t afford to solve it
When I’m savin’ up for that cruise to the Caymans
And I’m hittin’ the snooze so I can keep on dreamin’

Smashmouth is in my head.

Also, while one foot is in the office officially pounding away at the keyboard, the other is at home packing for the weekend. What do I plan to do? I will chase the sun.

  • Read a book
  • Dance like a maniac
  • Sing in the rain
  • Clean the room
  • Join a breakfast buffet
  • Convince friends to go on a road trip
  • Hop to the nearest island
  • Take the trains
  • Relax on a ferry
  • Ride a kalesa
  • Raid a friend’s room
  • Get lost in a book store or a book fair
  • Visit historical ruins
  • Stare in amazement at religious art in old churches and cathedrals
  • Travel to the heart of a forest or a mountain
  • Create a photo shoot
  • Have a free tour of the National Museum on Sunday
  • Attend a town fiesta
  • Do some charity work
  • Knock arrows
  • Fire bullets
  • Play board games
  • Marathon movies or anime
  • Sing at a videoke
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Attend a banchetto
  • Enjoy a large meal
  • Try an exotic dish
  • Weird out friends at the dinner table
  • Indulge the sweet tooth
  • Watch the famous Philippine sunset
  • Talk over coffee
  • Have a second dinner at midnight

Between Berlin and Bombay | At the Mall

All that walking at the museum made me hungry.

While there was a much nearer mall to the Museum of the Filipino People, I opted to go south than north. I had a particular craving and only one place could relieve it.

I took a jeep to Pedro Gil LRT station and alighted there. Then I walked all the way to Robinson’s Ermita. Once inside, I made a beeline to the topmost floor.

Hard as I try to remember when I last had Indian food, I couldn’t recall. All I knew was I wanted something warm, spicy, cheesy, and creamy on tender meat. That is why I was at New Bombay.

I asked for the Malai Murg Tikka. It was a set of big chunks of chicken placed on lettuce leaves. Topping it was a gracious serving of cheese. Alongside it were two choices of sauce: earthy green-colored cashew paste and a medley of Indian spices.

Truly, it hit the spot! Just what I needed.

Malai Murg Tikka, Php 295.00
Malai Murg Tikka, Php 295.00

Of course, I tried both sauces. I like the red one better. It had a medley of sweet and spicy that I prefer. While the cashew paste had a greater kick to it, what put me off was the texture. Predictably, I mixed both sauces and surprisingly they complemented each other.

My choice of drink is called the Almond Lassi. While itself is good—being nut-based, meaning earthy taste—I began to have too much earthiness in my mouth. I should have had something starkly different. Lesson learned!

Almond Lassi, Php 120.00
Almond Lassi, Php 120.00

Once dinner was over, I walked to my next destination. With each step, I was hoping there was still stock of it.

And there still was!

Rick Riordan released last week his brand new series, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard”. I have been a fan of his since I began “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” years ago. I love and adore “The Heroes of Olympus” and “The Kane Chronicles”. And I have good feeling about the new series’ first book, The Sword of Summer.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (Paperback), Php 545.00
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (Paperback), Php 545.00

Sighting the book at National Bookstore was wonderful. But it was also painful because it was seated right next to another book I wanted to buy: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin.

I love and hate this sight.
I love and hate this sight.

If that wasn’t bad enough, I also saw other Riordan books Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes and The Demigod Diaries. I could only take so much heartache in one day. I needed to escape.

So with only one book in tow, I headed for the cashier and paid. But I knew, I would get my hands on them soon.

(This is Part Two of a Two-Part Post.)

New Bombay
Fourth Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila

National Bookstore
Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila

While Waiting | Book Sightings

Where do you go to wait when you’re at the mall?

For me, that depends on what I have planned for the rest of the day. If there’s a meal involved later, I wait at a bookstore – so I don’t spend the money on food before I eat. If I’m just waiting to go somewhere else, I hang out at a book store – so I don’t spend money on anything else. And that was what I was doing at Fully Booked SM Mall of Asia: waiting for Rai.

Typically, I’m instantly drawn to the young adult section. But I was distracted. There was a detour sighted.

I thought these books were not going to be here until later this year. But they are here now! And that is just awesome. With them in my hands, I have more uses for my color pencils. My Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) list just got longer. And the MIBF is less than two months away!

And I just had to land my sights on this one!

One of my "next" books.
One of my “next” books.

Guillermo del Toro, how you tempt me.

Did I mention that my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer? I believe I have. If I haven’t, let me say it: my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer.

Cheap Books | A Dilemma

This image from Facebook awakened the hoarder in me.

From the Books for Less Facebook Page
From the Books for Less Facebook Page

The thought of getting books that cheap made my mouth water. But that was just for a moment. Reality smacked me hard. Say that I do have the budget for this – and I do – would I have the time to rummage and haul them around in a seeming tight space? Every book fair, I lug around a load of books, which I love and loathe with the intensity of a thousand white suns.

Even if I am able to find a way to get around the place and bring them home, do I still have space in my shelf?
And the most important question: when would I get the time to read? As it stands, I no longer read during my commute. Hugely because I am not using the train to get to work. But that’s a whole other story.

It has made me wonder: what has been the cheapest book I bought? If I’m not mistaken, a small hardbound birthday book that was printed in 1963. And it belonged to a certain Barbara Witter.

Moments | Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story) Episode 10

Viewers get a “meet the parents” moment, which reveal how Takeo got his looks and character.

Takeo's Parents
Takeo’s Parents

Then, there was a sort of “your friends talk to my friends” moment.

He’s a pure soul as well, I guess.

A (Disney) prince in disguise?
A (Disney) prince in disguise?

Lastly, a “fan girl” moment? I honestly don’t know what to call this.

Overwhelming?
Overwhelming?

Oh. And a cameo from another anime. And a classic one!

Hei... there?!
Hei… there?!

And where’s the best friend? Reading books at home.

The Daydreamer | BuzzFeed Quiz

I took BuzzFeed’s “Can We Guess Your Personality Based On Your Taste In Books?” quiz. The result was not surprising.

You got: The Daydreamer
Fantasy is where you find your happy place. Getting lost in a story about magical worlds and mythical creatures is what you love the most. Your friends will often find you zoned out and daydreaming, and your imagination and creativity is what you’re known for!

The accompanying gif from the quiz result(The accompanying gif from the quiz result.)

Homage to Human Potential | Daily Prompt: Worldly Encounters

The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?

Book: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I am the Messenger
I am the Messenger
By Markus Zusak
Re-read: March 2012

Song: “Stand” by Rascal Flatts

Movie: “Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman

“Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman
“Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman

The book, song, and movie speak about disregarding where the character is in his or her life and starting there, making a turn or going wherever to begin anew. They are odes to choices and homage to human potential, no matter the age, time, or place.